TROY, N.Y. Ė Paul Kerins (Weston, ON/North York Rangers) and Matt Angers-Goulet (St. Augustin, PQ/Notre Dame Hounds) both had a goal and an assist to lead Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to a 2-1 win over the University of Massachusetts Lowell in a Division I non-league menís hockey team game at the Houston Field House.
The Engineers broke out on top at 4:43 of the first period when Kerins deflected a low Reed Kipp (Victoria, BC/Vernon Vipers) shot past UMass Lowell goaltender Vinny Monaco (Andover, MA/New England Jr. Huskies). Kipp, who took a slapshot from between the circles at the blueline, collected a pass from the left point from Angers-Goulet, who earned the secondary assist.
Angers-Goulet doubled RPIís lead when he scored on a wristshot from the left faceoff circle on a two-on-one at 10:12 of the first frame. Kerins, who scored his fifth goal of the season earlier in the period, made the head-man pass to Angers-Goulet, who also tallied his fifth goal. Kipp, a defenseman, earned his second assist of the game on the play.
The River Hawks pulled to within one goal when sophomore forward Nick Monroe scored on a backhander under the cross bar from the bottom of the right faceoff circle at 9:49 of the third period. Mark Roebothan (St. Johnís, NF/Valley Junior Warriors) earned the primary assist and Steve Capraro (Medford, MA/Avon Old Farms) the secondary. For Monroe, the goal was his first of the season.
Mathias Lange (Klagenfurt, Austria/New York Apple Core) earned the win in goal by making 22 saves, including 10 in the third period. Monaco finished with 23 saves.
Rensselaer (5-5-6), which snapped a seven-game winless streak (0-4-3), is next in action on December 29 against the University of Vermont in the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup at 7pm. UMass Lowell (3-10-4), which is now winless in nine games (0-8-1), plays Brown on December 29 in the Wells Fargo Denver Cup beginning at 6:30pm.